Part of that question is answered based upon the state in which you live. Connecticut seems to be one of the hardest states to get a quick and easy divorce, while places like Texas and Ohio seem to be fairly straightforward. Arizona Divorces fall somewhere in the middle, where divorces are generally considered "cordial," but not necessarily amicable and fast. Part of the reason Arizona and Nevada tend to be slower is because some state laws require a waiting period until the court will issue a final decree. In Arizona, for example, a divorce cannot be finalized until at least 60 days after the divorce paperwork has been served on the other spouse.
So what does this mean for your divorce? Well, your divorce is your divorce.
Contested vs. Uncontested
If you have children, things are complicated by the fact that these children need to be cared for. Sometimes, a spouse asks the court for spousal maintenance, or alimony, from the other spouse. Oftentimes, significant assets have been accumulated throughout the marriage that need to be allocated to the spouses. Tax interests and retirement accounts and bank accounts and debts need to be settled. Sound like a lot to agree on? An Uncontested divorce occurs when the spouses agree on all the issues involved in divorce.
If there is not total agreement, then average divorces can take anywhere from 3-12 months in some of these states. Some divorces take longer. One of the best ways to make for a quick divorce is to have an attorney that knows the process and can streamline the process for you. An attorney can direct the case to go as smoothly and quickly as possible, all while protecting your rights in a divorce.
Alex Hairston practices family law in Chandler, AZ. He supports alternate methods of reaching settlements in order to make a divorce quicker, if that is in the best interests of the parties involved.